To The Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

We welcome you to Westchester Community College.  Last year we provided services to around 1,400 identified students who are learning disabled, emotionally disabled, physically disabled, or other health impaired. Westchester Community College is dedicated to responding to the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. We depend on the support of the faculty and staff to continue to provide our students with quality instruction and support for their individual needs.

We have prepared the attached information on our services for your reference and use. The Fact Sheet outlines available services and student responsibilities. The Procedure to Request Sheet lists important student testing request information.  Please include these in your course syllabus and post on Blackboard.  Distribute to students as needed.

We strongly recommend that you make an announcement encouraging any student with a documented disability who needs an accommodation to make an appointment to meet with you in private to discuss the circumstances. We have found that early identification and accommodation ease the academic problems experienced by students with disabilities. We reach as many students as possible during the admissions process, but some students are hesitant to come forward.  By creating this opening, you are demonstrating your awareness and sensitivity to special needs.  In addition, please encourage your students who have disability documentation to contact Disabilities Services in the Library, Ground Floor, Room G51  (914-606-6287).  Students must register with our office to get green Referral to Faculty letters for accommodations.

We continue to be available to support and assist you in your efforts to provide reasonable accommodations as required by law. We encourage you to call us to discuss your questions and concerns throughout the year.

Sincerely,

Professor Marcia Kalkut
Counselor for Students with Disabilities
Marcia.kalkut@sunywcc.edu
CLA 4 EXT. 6552

Professor Sharon Massey
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Sharon.massey@sunywcc.edu
Library G47 EXT. 6626

Professor Barbara Begnal Scovotti
Counselor/Coordinator of Accommodations
Barbara.scovotti@sunywcc.edu
Library G51 EXT. 8585

Professor Angeliki Parashis
Counselor for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Visually Impaired and Physically Disabled
Angeliki.parashis@sunywcc.edu
Office:  LIB G52     Phone: (914) 606-6236

Professor Theresa Revans-McMenimon
Counselor/Specialist for Students with Autism
Theresa.revans-mcmenimon@sunywcc.edu
Office: LIB G52     Phone: (914) 606-6336